Friday, 14 February 2014

Good morning everyone
I would like to apologise  for not having blogged in a while but I have not been well. In fact I had to force myself out of my bed as I had to make this DT card by today. It was a struggle to start with as I have lost my mojo somewhere and can't seem to find it anywhere lol. Not a good time to lose it as I have my new Brother scan 'n' cut which arrived earlier in the week and I haven't had a play yet. I don't know if any of you ever feel it but I am having a crisis of confidence at the mo,it's probably just because I haven't been able to do much crafting but I see so many lovely cards on blogger and face book that I start to doubt my ability to produce anything as good that I just lose my creative flow. That's why it is good to be on some design teams as it forces you to get back on that horse. I always start by making a random card to get me in that mind set and then once the juices are flowing I start work on the card I need to make,and before I know it my mojo is back. 
This card is a DT card for the new challenge over at Creative craft cottage (the link is on the side bar) and the theme is Vintage, which I chose this month so I had to try and come up with something to hopefully inspire crafters to try one themselves and enter our challenge. I am so looking forward to seeing all the creations as I do love vintage cards. So here it is and I hope it does inspire you to make one and enter it into the challenge

I started by choosing a vintage style paper and then chose paper for the dress that complimented and used my favourite dress stamp from Kanban and stamped it several times so that I could decoupage it. I  used a co ordinating pink paper for the little laced bit in the centre. I then cut them out and layered them up to accentuate the ruffles in the dress. Then I cut two of these lovely sizzix thinlits dies - frame garden lattice and joined them together by splicing them. For those of you who don't know how to do this, "and I only know because my husband is a woodworker"  I overlapped them until they were the size I wanted and the laid a ruler across and carefully cut through both layers so they would match up. Then out of crafters companion pearl ivory card I used a spellbinders Majestic elements nestablities Opulent Ovals die to cut out the centre background and inked around it with a red ink as it appears pink on the pearlesant  card stock. 
By this time my decoupaged dress was dry and I started to put the card together. I started with a 8x8" white card and cut a piece of sage green card to fit and stuck it on ( I always use double sided tape as in the past when I used glue I found that after a while the glue would dry out and the bits would start falling off the card) I am not saying with more modern glues this would happen,I just got into this habit and am scared to try glue just in case. I guess I should just have a experiment to see how modern glues hold up but for now I will stick to what I am used to doing. Then I cut the pretty backing paper 1/4" smaller and stuck it to the card to leave a border all the way round.Then as the garden lattice die cuts had a centre to them I put double sided tape just on the back of these and carefully lined them up in the centre of the card and stuck them down. Then I stuck the spellbinder frame on top in the centre and added the decoupaged dress. I had these little silk ribbon flowers,I don't remember where I got them from,but they were white which I thought was too stark for this card so again I used the red ink pad to just colour them and they appeared pink again,I then using the rule of odds put three in two opposite corners and added a bow to compliment and topped it off with two buttons,one on top of the other. Then I used cosmic shimmer pearl glue to add some pearls around the frame where the lattice shapes met. I didn't put a sentiment on it as I didn't think it needed one and it leaves it open to be used for lots of different occasions. I hope this has explained the processes I went through to achieve this but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask in the comments and I will get back to you. I would also love to hear what you think about it if you have the time to leave a comment. 
Happy crafting everyone!!!!